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Ok. First of all, I promise to hold off on the lecture :)
Let me go through your questions/issues one at a time:
1. No. Exposure all day every day to the sun did not cause some sort of burn to your eyes.
2. Yes. It is not unusual for this issue to persist for this long....I will tell you the issue below....
3. There is a rational explanation for your somewhat blurry vision and we can fix it with a simple home therapy without having to rush off to a doctor...that is, present company excluded.
Glad to hear :)
It sounds like you are suffering from an anterior segment/tear film issue. What can cause this? First of all drinking like a teenager during a 400 mile week long bicycle ride in 100+ temps can do it. And there are a number of conditions but the most common are dry eyes, allergies and blepharitis....many times all three conditions act together to make you miserable. In order to solve your problem you need to address all of these issues at the same time.
You can fix this....and here is how to do it:
When it comes to allergies it is almost impossible to pin down the offending agent(s) and, therefore, treatment needs to focus on controlling the symptoms. Dry eyes are very common and can be improved by a stepwise series of therapies. First, the use of natural tears 4-6+ times/day to augment your natural tear production, if this doesn’t work then you can try temporary punctal occlusion of the lower puncta, then, if needed, temporary occlusion of all 4 puncta then, if indicated, surgical ( non-reversible) closure of the puncta. The openings to your tear drainage system are called puncta and you have one opening on each lid, near your nose.
Blepharitis is a condition where glands in the eyelids are not functioning normally. They become plugged and instead of putting out their normal clear, oily secretions, they put out thick, toothpaste like gunk. You may not be able to see this “gunk” yourself, unless it is really bad, but it shows up clearly on slit lamp examination.
The best treatment for this condition daily lid scrubs combined with warm compresses. I like to use baby shampoo for lid scrubs. In the shower, place the shampoo on your index fingers, close your eyes, raise your eyebrows (to stretch the skin on your eyelids) and scrub back and forth along your eyelashes for 3 to 5 minutes. The hot water in the shower helps to soften the plugged oils in the glands while the mechanical scrubbing with your soapy fingers removes the oils.
Baby shampoo lid scrubs will also help to wash away allergens and stimulate tear production, thereby addressing all three of your issues. Remember, this is not an instant fix. While you are waiting for the lid scrubs to have affect you can use over the counter allergy pills such as Travist, dimetapp or Zyrtec.
Should your symptoms get worse, your vision become significantly affected or things just not get better in 3 weeks or so you should have a complete eye examination by your local ophthalmologist to look for other, less common, causes of your symptoms.
The good news? You are going to be just fine.
Does this make sense to you?
I do not think that the part about punctal occlusion will be necessary in your case so you can just ignore that part.
Yes everything above does make sense outside of the fact that to the best of my knowledge I'm not allergic to anything. That said those on the ride who do have allergies were somewhat miserable in some of our field camp sites so there was plenty in the air. The dry eye thing makes plenty of sense, my wife even pointed out how much more red they were all week than she'd ever seen them.
But as to the steps to take I do understand those with one other question: Does visine count as that or is there a specific eye drop item I'm supposed to look for?
Do not use visine or other drops that are "for getting red out" as these will just irritate your eyes more. Use artificial tears such as refresh, bion tears, natural tears......ask the pharmacisit. The cheapest ones are the best.
Perfect, I'll try all of the above. I really appreciate your help.
My pleasure.....and I managed to do that all without a lecture lol!
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